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Old 10-20-2008, 09:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have my Nikon D-60, and I'm trying to find a way to take some close up shots... Semi Macro Photography, but I don't need to get crazy closeups, just a great lens or way to get good detail close up shots of some paintball guns, and internals, small parts, etc.

All the Macro lenses are $600 just to start. Is that my only option or is there a better way? Or have I just been shopping at the wrong place?


I'm not looking to become a famous photographer, so getting the highest quality lens is not in my interest, but I'd like to take some good photos to share with the lot here at this site.... etc...
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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with an abundance of light and a zoom lens that can focus at 2-3 feet away

you can get some nice shots



a tripod can help alot

you can fiddle with the aperture to affect the depth of field and blur out the backgrounds
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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One of your lenses probably has some macro capability to it already. It may be your 35-80. (or somethin gin that range) A tripod and good lighting will help a lot.

Otherwise shop around for a used lense.

I have no idea on backwards compatability of the Nikons so I can't help you there..... I am able to use any Autofocus lens on my Minolta... which is nice because I picked up a pretty much new 50mm macro for under a $100 off ebay several years ago. Also... $600 seems far too much unless you are staying with the Nikon name. A new Sigma 50mm Macro will run you $400 (Sigma - Lenses)... and I bet you could find a used one for a lot less than that. I have two Sigma lenses and like them both.

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Old 10-20-2008, 10:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Get yourself a photo cube and some of those high intensity lights. I would be shocked if your D60 could not do macro with even the most basic lense, though I have never owned one.

I did some fairly detailed shots of toy soldiers using only the macro setting on my prosumer camera (Canon w/ fixed 12x zoom).

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Old 10-20-2008, 12:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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get a tripod
a light box
decent pose-able lights 100w daylight florescent will do (2 side, and one top)
and a macro converter for you lens it will look like a filter. TIFFEN 52mm Close-up Filter Set with +1 +2 & +4 Macro Lenses
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The kit lens should be able to do a halfway decent job you just have to find the closest distance that you can still focus at. And set the capture mode to crazy big photo size so you can crop down and you should be good.

all taken with the kit lens on the D-40

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Hand held using day light - also those are resized down so some detail is lost even on the big pictures.
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The stock 18-55 lens that came with the D60 should be able to handle paintball gun, also you can set it to take RAW images and zoom and crop the area you want afterward
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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First poster nailed it on the head...if you dont have good macro capabilities...

Aim from 3 ft away and zoom in. You can get amazing clarity doing this with good diffuse lighting.
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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or, get yourself some macro filters. I have a set and tehy work pretty well. makes your focal distance very small though, so a tripod helps.

I'll email you a shot from my D40 raw so you can see.
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Old 10-20-2008, 03:00 PM   #10 (permalink)
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here is a kit in a box RPS Studio SIB-100 Photo Studio-in-a-Box for under $100 I would ask the dimensions it looks marginal for paintball guns.
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